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Three Ways To Attract More Local Customers

Not long ago, many people believed that small businesses could earn customers from around the U.S. simply by being on the Internet. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way. In a recent national survey by Sage North America, 74 percent of small businesses said the majority of their customers are …

Kurt Geiger boss Neil Clifford agrees management buyout

Footwear fanatic and Kurt Geiger chief executive Neil Clifford has today agreed a management buyout of the shoe-maker backed by the US private equity …

3 customer experience trends in 2014

Trend 1: Unstructured data will finally yield insight<p>The customer voice is out there regardless of whether or not businesses have implemented a …

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The Biggest Idea Bill Gates Ever Had

Before there was Microsoft, there were a couple math geeks from Seattle hanging out in Cambridge Massachusetts. One of them had a habit of snoozing on his keyboard.<p>In the winter of 1974, Paul Allen showed up at Bill Gates’ dorm at Harvard with the new issue of <i>Popular Electronics</i> in his hand. MITS, …

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Why Your Brain Can’t Handle An All-Day Schedule

Never taking a break is the surest way to get ahead, right? Not if you need to do anything creative, says science.<p>Why do we work so many hours? You could say it’s because you need facetime with the boss. Or it’s a prison passed down from the Industrial Revolution. Or it’s because of a …

Salvador Dali

Photographer Thierry Cohen's Darkened Cities project gives you a glimpse of what cities--like New York, pictured here--would look like with no electricity, just the light of the stars: http://f-st.co/oRz3tsX

15 Ways To Make Much Better Decisions

After Stephen Elop took over as CEO of Nokia a couple of years back one of his most dramatic interventions was the burning platform memo. The key sentence in the tetchy, to say the least, email that Elop sent to Nokia staff in February 2011, was this: “We poured gasoline on our own burning …

See A Brief Cultural History Of An Auto Giant: The Volkswagen Beetle

<i>The People’s Car: A Global History of the Volkswagen Beetle,</i> is a thorough and compelling new chronicle of the distinctive Bug. The book, by Bernhard …

The Future 50 2012: Where are they now?

There’s no better example of how entrepreneurs and disruptive business ideas are creating new markets than Parkatmyhouse, which was highlighted by …

Teaching IBM's Watson How To Think Like A Human

Immediately after IBM’s Watson defeated two grand champions of <i>Jeopardy!</i> Ken Jennings, one of the champs, held up a placard saying, “I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords.” He was referring to an episode of “The Simpsons’ where a character mistakenly believes a race of giant space insects …

Apple Dominates List Of The World's Most Valuable Brands

Apple has set the bar incredibly high over the past decade. The expectations have some fans grumbling about the lack of transformational products during recent launches. The company has largely upgraded existing product lines instead of releasing anything as revolutionary as its last huge category …

9 Ways To Win Over Your Boss

You go through life trying to seek approval from your superiors. You constantly want to please your parents with good grades, impress your coaches on the field and wow your professors in the classroom. And as an adult, you want to win over your boss at work.<p>Al Coleman, Jr., author of <i>Secrets to</i> …

Here's What The Marketing Organization Of The Future Should Look Like

2020 isn’t the future; the future is now. Every day, the look and feel and function of marketing is transforming radically—and so the means to keep up must be transforming too. Marketing organizations that aren’t restructuring to meet the demands of 2020—of today, for that matter—will be left by …

OracleVoice: 8 Strategies For Putting Customers At The Core Of Your Business http://onforb.es/19XdoWJ How can your company become more successful at placing customers in the center of the business?

To Find Success, First Write Your Failure Resume

Okay, so maybe you missed an opportunity to invest in Paypal, or Fedex, or Google. That’s fine: Enhance your brand through honesty.<p>An old proverb reminds us that “success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” To learn from failure, however, you have to “own” it. You have to figure out what …

4 years after his release from prison, Michael Vick can't move past the dog fighting. The NFL's most disliked players: http://onforb.es/1azZR8x

The Simple Shift That Will Change The Way You Lead

Historically speaking, a boss was someone who was to be respected and feared. He or she was often a distant figure whose office was apart—literally and figuratively—from the rest of the staff. For some lucky employees, the boss was also someone to admire, even if from a distance.<p>I’ve always thought …

If Your Glass Is Half Empty, Rejoice: How Pessimism Can Make You More Productive

Because optimists don’t wear seatbelts.<p>When a thousand CEOs were surveyed about their half-full/half-empty outlooks, more than 80% of them were rated as “very optimistic.” Which could be a problem if you care about productivity and the performance of a company.<p>As Wharton psychologist Adam Grant …

Why the future of digital marketing is understanding people - not targeting cookies

<i>This article is sponsored by</i> VisualDNA<b>.</b><p>But we’re still trying to fill a digital hole with an analogue peg. It’s understandable that marketers might …

AdTech

For Successful People, Planning The Weekend Is Just As Important As Planning The Week

You deserve a great weekend. Here’s how to plan ahead so you can relax and revitalize yourself for Monday.<p>While playing the piano, meeting friends for a soccer game, and chopping wood could be spontaneous activities, for the busiest people, you have to make an appointment to go off the grid as …

Do Millennials Think Differently About Money And Career?

Millennials, Gen-Y – whatever you want to call them – may view career and coin a little bit differently than other generations. The business world had better pay attention because these globally-minded youths will comprise about 75% of the global workforce by 2025.<p>Last year professional services …